The Dark Ages: Definition, History & Timeline


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Which dates correspond to the 'Dark Ages'?

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1. Why are the Middle Ages commonly called the 'Dark Ages'?

2. Who coined the term 'Dark Ages'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The European Middle Ages are often commonly referred to as the 'Dark Ages'. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the cultural climate of medieval Europe.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What the Dark Ages were
  • When the Dark Ages occurred
  • Who coined the term 'Dark Ages'
  • Misconceptions about the Dark Ages

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Dark Ages
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the European Middle Ages
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as Dark Ages and Middle Ages
  • Making connections - correlate knowledge of cultural trends with the European Middle Ages to determine if and how the Dark Ages really affected Europe

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Dark Ages, review the accompanying lesson called The Dark Ages: Definition, History & Timeline as well as other lessons on the Dark Ages. This particular lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explains the cultural climate and historic events of the Middle Ages
  • Details specific beliefs about the Middle Ages in Europe
  • Covers what did and didn't occur in the European Middle Ages
  • Explains how the Dark Ages may have affected the cultural and scientific advancement of Europe